Boston

Welcome to Boston

Steeped in history as the birthplace of the USA, Boston retains much of its colonial elegance in its stunning architecture and extravagant parks, serpentine streets and charming brownstones. Compact in layout, its beauty can be easily observed by foot, public transport, or - for those wishing to admire the gorgeous skyline from the vantage of the Boston Harbor or the Charles River - by boat.

In the tradition of its Brahmins, Boston's luxury is understated, its riches supporting the arts and education, instead of the flash and glitz that defines other cities. After all, Boston is home to more than 50 colleges, and it thrums with the vibrant energy of students from all over the world. No mere college town but a cosmopolis of free thinkers and doers, Boston’s music and arts scene is one of the most globally dynamic in the country. Music venues both large and small cater to the biggest names, emerging talent, and underground brilliance - in every genre imaginable. For classicists and jazz aficionados, the city's beloved symphony orchestra and legendary jazz scene are reasons enough to move here. In the visual arts, Boston both reveres tradition in its numerous world-renowned museums and also cultivates new talent in a thriving contemporary arts scene.

With a transfigured waterfront and a downtown completely made over, the city itself continues to honor its past while embracing the necessity of revolution and reinvention, inviting visitors to take part as well.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in United States:
    307,006,550
  • Inhabitants in Boston:
    645,169
  • Official language
    English
  • Currency
    USD
  • Time zone
    GMT - 5
  • Emergency number
    911
  • Constitution
    Republic
  • Country phone code
    +1
  • Country code
    US / USA
  • Local transportation
    Subway, bus, bicycle, taxi.